Trump declines request to lower flags for Capital Gazette shooting victims


President Trump ordered US flags flown at half-staff Tuesday in honor of five journalists killed in Annapolis, Maryland, after the town's mayor said the president initially declined his request.

The president quickly issued a proclamation ordering the flags lowered nationwide until sunset on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT). "I spoke with the mayor last night and again this morning to let him know the President's decision".

"The Mayor is extremely disappointed by the denial from the White House of his request to fly the United States flag at half-staff in honor of the slain journalists from The Capital Gazette", a representative from the mayor's office confirmed to TheWrap.

A suspect, Jarrod Ramos, 38, of Laurel, Maryland, was arrested and charged with five counts of first-degree murder.

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Buckley expressed frustration Monday afternoon when he was told by a Maryland congressman's office the request had not been granted.

Trump had ordered flags lowered for recent mass-shootings at Florida and Texas high schools and Buckley said the newspaper massacre "was an attack on freedom of speech".

Just one day after the mass shooting, Trump's reelection campaign sent out a press release attacking "the fake news media", The Pluralist news site reported. The spokesman said: "We can not get into the specifics of the letter but the wording mirrors [his] social media rants". I told you so.

Sgt. Amy Miguez, an Annapolis Police Department spokeswoman, said that she received a text message early on Thursday from Gazette reporter Phil Davis about a story.

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Last week's shooting has been dubbed one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in US history, with five employees being killed in the Maryland newsroom.

Presidents usually lower federal flags following the death of former presidents and service members, or other national tragedies.

"This was an attack on the press", Buckley said. She also said that Trump approved the request "as soon as" it reached his ears.

Hannah Hiaasen, his youngest daughter, said the family called him "Big Rob" - a nickname that perfectly fit the assistant managing editor who stood 6-foot-5.

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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, July 2, 2018, in Washington.